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Hi all,

Just a few words to say that I am at a tournament in Germany while a few Scots, such as Clement and Alan Grant, are down at Hastings.

First round lost to a 2260 from a very good position but then had this game vs GM Skembris. Probably losing for me at some point but pretty unclear mostly. I was white.

[pgn]1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 exd5 6. cxd5 g6 7. Bf4 a6 8. a4 Bg7 9.h3 0-0 10. e3 Qe7 11. Nd2 Nbd7 12. Be2 Rb8 13. 0-0 b6 14. Re1 Ne8 15. e4 Ne5 16. Bh2 g5 17. Nf1 Nc7 18. Ne3 b5 19. axb5 axb5 20. Ra7 Qd8 21. Bg4 Nxg4 22. hxg4 b4 23. Ne2 Nb5 24. Ra2 Re8 25.Ng3 Nd4 26. Nc4 b3 27. Ra7 Rb4 28. Qd3 Bxg4 29. f3 Nb5 30. Rb7 Bd7 31. Nh5 Qc8 32. Nxg7 Kxg7 33. Nxd6 Nxd6 34. Rxb4 cxb4 35. Bxd6 Qc2 36. Qd4 Kg6 37. Bxb4 f6 38.Bc3 Rf8 39. e5 fxe5 40.Qxe5 Rf7 41. Re4 g4 42. Qd6 Kh5 43. Qg3 Qc1 44. Be1 Qxb2 45. fxg4 Kg6 46. Bc3 Qa3 47. Qd3 Qc5 48. Bd4 Qc2 49. Re6 Kg5 50. Re5 Bf5 51. Rxf5 Rxf5 52. Qxf5 Qxf5 53. gxf5 Kxf5 54. Bb2 *[/pgn]

please no one telll me the amount of mates I missed at the end Smile
Well done Calum! Big Grin
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The link above gives Calum's results in the Augsburg tournament.
well played =)

went on a pretty poor run and castled queenside (0-0-0) although I was very close to cleaning out GM Schmittedeil. In the end he outplayed me and won deservedly. On the plus side, just served an FM below. I was black

[pgn]1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 3. g3 b5 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. Nge2 e6 6. 0-0 d6 7. d3 Be7 8. f4 b4 9. Na4 d5 10. exd5 Bxd5 11. Bxd5 exd5 12. b3 Nf6 13. Be3 Nbd7 14.h3 0-0 15. Kh2 Re8 16. Re1 Bd6 17. Ng1 Qc7 18. Bf2 h5 19. Nf3 Nf8 20. Kg2 Ng6 21.h4 Ng4 22.Rxe8 Rxe8 23. Qf1 Bxf4 24. gxf4 Re2 25. Qxe2 Nxf4 26. Kf1 Nxe2 27. Kxe2 Qe7 28. Kf1 Qf6 *[/pgn]

Checking the Hastings game in spare time, seems solid performances for our guys. Steve Mannion had a pretty wild game vs Vocaturo, as did Alan Grant vs someone I can't remember.

Happy New Year all!
NIce one Calum. What you on now? Any chances for any norms?
Cheers Andrew. Nah, norm is out the window this time around, only on 3/7 but need 6.5/9, 7/10 or 8/10 for a norm. There is a Belgian FM who retired recently and he's tearing up the place, he's got a huge chance to make one but it's him alone.
steve mannion is playing well at hastings
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A win for Steve today would give realistic norm chances
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